Monica Diaz was born in Mexico and raised in the city of Richmond. She is 19 years old and graduated from Richmond High School in June 2011. She has two younger sisters and two younger brothers. Her parents work a lot to support them and maintain the household. Being the oldest sibling, Monica takes on many responsibilities that have made her stronger and capable of many things. Monica enjoys working with others and having people look up to her. She wants to inspire others to do well in life. She wants to build trust and help her community to be known for the good things they do and not for the violence it encounters. RYSE has given Monica a great opportunity to work as a Culture Builder. RYSE has taught her that youth have a voice and it certainly counts.